Chapter 10-02 

A Brief History of the Internet 

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You can be watching television and jump up and put a few
minutes into sending, or answering, your email and would
not miss anything but the commercials.

"Commercials" bring to mind another form of asynchronous
communication...taping a tv or radio show and watching a
show in 40 minutes instead of an hour because you do not
have to sit through 1 minute of "not-show" per 2 minutes
of show.  No only to you not have to be home on Thursday
night to watch your favorite TV show any more, but those
pesky commercials can be edited out, allowing you to see
three shows in the time it used to take to watch two.

This kind of efficiency can have a huge effect on you or
your children. . .unless you WANT them to see 40 ads per
hour on television, or spend hours copying notes from an
assortment of library books carried miles from, and back
to, the libraries.  Gone are the piles of 3x5 cards past
students and scholars have heaped before time in efforts
to organize mid-term papers for 9, 12, 16 or 20 years of
institutionalized education.  Whole rainforests of trees
can be saved, not to mention the billions of hours of an
entire population's educated scribbling that should have
been spent between the ears instead of between paper and
hand, cramping the thought and style of generations upon
generations of those of us without photographic memories
to take the place of the written word.

Now we all can have photographic memories, we can quote,
with total accuracy, millions of 3x5 cards worth of huge
encyclopedias of information, all without getting up for
any reason other than eating, drinking and stretching.

Research in this area indicates that 90% of the time the
previous generations spent for research papers was spent
traipsing through the halls, stairways and bookstacks of
libraries; searching through 10 to 100 books for each of
the ones selected for further research; and searching on
10-100 pages for each quote worthy of making it into the
sacred piles of 3x5 cards; then searching the card piles
for those fit for the even more sacred sheets of paper a
first draft was written on.  Even counting the fanatical
dedication of those who go through several drafts before
a presentation draft is finally achieved the researchers
agree that 90% of this kind of work is spent in "hunting
and gathering" the information and only 10% of this time
is spent "digesting" the information.

A Book by Michael Hart